Thursday, March 14, 2013

3.14.13 - Latin America sees change under region's 1st pope - San Bernardino Sun


Latin America sees change under region's 1st pope - San Bernardino Sun - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis: Simple image, complex past - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"But the conclave appeared more swayed by Bergoglio’s reputation for compassion on issues such as poverty and the effects of globalization, and his fealty to traditional church teachings such as opposition to birth control.
His overriding image, though, is built around his leaning toward austerity. The motto chosen for his archdiocese is “Miserando Atque Eligendo,” or “Lowly but Chosen.”
Even after he became Argentina’s top church official in 2001, he never lived in the ornate church mansion where Pope John Paul II stayed when visiting the country, preferring a simple bed in a downtown building, warmed by a small stove on frigid weekends when the building turned off the heat. For years, he took public transportation around the city, and cooked his own meals.
He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes.
“Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony. Go out and interact with your brothers. Go out and share. Go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit,” Bergoglio told Argentina’s priests last year."

"Initially trained as a chemist, Bergoglio taught literature, psychology, philosophy and theology before taking over as Buenos Aires archbishop in 1998. He became cardinal in 2001, when the economy was collapsing, and won respect for blaming unrestrained capitalism for impoverishing millions of Argentines.
Later, there was little love lost between Bergoglio and Argentina’s government. Relations became so frigid that the president stopped attending his annual “Te Deum” address, when church leaders traditionally tell political leaders what’s wrong with society.
“Is Bergoglio a progressive, a liberation theologist even? No. He’s no Third World priest,” said Rubin. “Does he criticize the International Monetary Fund, and neoliberalism? Yes. Does he spend a great deal of time in the slums? Yes.”"

En portada: El argentino Jorge Mario Bergoglio de 76 años, fue elegido como el primer papa latinoamericano en la historia de la Iglesia católica

Primera salida de Francisco I como papa, a rezar - Thursday, March 14, 2013

El nuevo papa, Jorge Bergoglio, es argentino - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Magdalena Saux

Francis begins first day as new pope - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Catholics overjoyed at 1st Latin American pope - The Sun - Thursday, March 14, 2013 - (author unknown)

Puerto Rico, Not States, Losing Healthcare Funds - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - KG

Puerto Rico, Not States, Losing Healthcare Funds

The Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposed by U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would cut Federal healthcare funding for low and middle income individuals living in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories while just eliminating increases for healthcare assistance in the States and the District of Columbia.
The resolution calls for repeal of the 2010 Federal healthcare reform’s expansion of Medicaid, the joint Federal-State/territory program covering health care costs for low-income individuals.  It also calls for repeal of ‘Obamacare’s new health insurance exchanges, which would subsidize the cost of health insurance for middle-income individuals. These exchanges will be run by States that choose to do so, or the Federal government in States that do not set up an exchange.
The Ryan budget is expected to be approved by the House but not the Senate.  Although chances of its healthcare funding proposals passing both houses of Congress are slim, territories would be the biggest losers under the proposals if passed.  Puerto Rico and other territories have one representative each in the House who can only vote in House committees but not for final passage of bills and no representation in the Senate.
Under the new ‘Obamacare” Medicaid expansion, individuals who earn up to 133% of the Federal poverty level would receive Medicaid health coverage in States that agree. Currently, income level eligibility is determined through State-drafted plans but it is often 100% of the poverty level.  The Federal government would cover the full cost of the expansion to 133% for three years and then 90% of the cost with no dollar limits on the costs.
The health insurance exchanges in States would subsidize policies for individuals who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, paying part of the premium costs for people earning up to 400% of the poverty level.  The Federal government would pay the total cost of the subsidies.
The territories were treated differently under ‘Obamacare,’ as they are under current Federal law.   In Medicaid, Puerto Rico continues to be eligible only for limited funding.  The 2010 health care law increased Medicaid funding in the territories by $6.3 from mid-2011 through 2019, of which $5.487 billion was allocated to Puerto Rico.
The nearly $5.5 billion tripled Federal contributions to Medicaid in Puerto Rico.  Even with this increase, Puerto Rico is not funded equally with the States  in the program.  The Federal government is paying only 55% of the cost in Puerto Rico. If the territory were funded equally with the States, the Federal government would pay about 82% — not including the 100% and, then, 90% of the cost of the Obamacare expansion of program eligibility in the States.
It has been estimated that the nearly $5.5 billion in additional funding for Medicaid in Puerto Rico would only enable the insular government to cover individuals up to 100% of the Federal poverty level — the level of eligibility in many States before the Obamacare expansion to 133%.
An additional $1 billion was allotted for health insurance exchanges in the territories, including $925 million in Puerto Rico.  The territories could opt to not establish exchanges and use the money for Medicaid instead — but the Federal government would not operate exchanges in the islands if territorial governments do not — meaning that there would then be no subsidies for health insurance for middle-income earners in the territories.  This is a new area of adverse discrimination against territories in Federal programs.

Fortuno: Republican Party Must Be the Party of Opportunity - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - hadeninteractive

Puerto Rico Statehood Featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Thursday, March 07,
2013 - KG

Opinión - El Nuevo Día: NO IMPROVISEMOS EN TORNO A RETIRO - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Puerto Rico sends Italy home from World Baseball Classic - - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Puerto Rico derrotó a Italia, 4-3, para mantenerse con vida en el Clásico Mundial de Béisbol. ¿Qué te pareció la conclusión del partido?
Puerto Rico derrotó a Italia, 4-3, para mantenerse con vida en el Clásico Mundial de Béisbol. ¿Qué te pareció la conclusión del partido?

Felicidades a nuestro equipo boricua en su victoria de ayer contra Italia. www... - Thursday, March 14, 2013

¡Estamos vivos! Puerto Rico le gana a Italia en el Clásico
¡Estamos vivos! Puerto Rico le gana a Italia en el Clásico 

Bhatia dice Pesquera debe hacer un “sacrificio” - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Puerto Rico Beyond IRS Reach Woos Paulson-Sized Fortunes - Businessweek - Thursday, March 14, 2013

 S&P cuts PR rating to near-junk status - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Puerto Rico Tax Law Act 22 - Business Insider - Monday, March 11, 2013 - Julia La Roche

Festival de Cine Europeo 2013 (Miramar) - Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Puerto Rico News

From March 14 to 20 in Fine Arts Cinema Café at Miramar. European Festival bringing movies from France, Italy, England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Romany, Czeck Republic, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine and Spain.

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Elogian a García Padilla y al secretario de Justicia - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hector Sanchez Shot To Death in Puerto Rico Fire Fight - BoxingScene.comExamin... - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Report: Carnival Dream having problems at Caribbean port - Florida Today - Thursday, March 14, 2013